A Glo­ri­ous Trip To the Emer­ald City


The Mel­bourne au­di­ence was breath­less with an­tic­i­pa­tion as the cur­tain rose on the open­ing night of An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s pro­duc­tion of The Wiz­ard Of Oz. Watch­ing the clas­sic story un­fold with the ad­di­tion of new songs by Tim Rice and An­drew Lloyd Web­ber was a warm and wel­come respite from the cold May evening.

「Some­where out of the rain­bow…」當甜美勇敢的女孩Dorothy站在舞臺上,唱起《綠野仙蹤》裡的這首經典老歌時,她清澈透亮的嗓音,宛如天籟之聲,瞬間征服了全場觀眾。自此一首首或耳熟能詳,或耳目一新的經典歌曲,隨著舞臺上一幕幕富有魔幻童趣的情節與充滿色彩繽紛的場景,此起彼伏不斷重現,掀起一個又一個高潮,劇場裡掌聲經久不息。

Ris­ing the­atre star Sa­man­tha Dode­maide charmed the au­di­ence with her de­light­ful per­for­mance as Dorothy Gale, one of the most en­dur­ing hero­ines in Hol­ly­wood his­tory. Dode­maide was out­stand­ing, tak­ing the au­di­ence with her ev­ery step of the way on her long jour­ney from the lit­tle farm in Kansas to the spec­tac­u­lar glam­our of the Emer­ald City.

Lucy Du­rack made a spec­tac­u­lar en­trance as Glinda The Good Witch, mak­ing the au­di­ence truly be­lieve in magic. Du­rack in­vested the role with a won­der­ful comedic touch, mak­ing Glinda a lit­tle more ac­ces­si­ble than in the film. Jemma Rix as the Wicked Witch Of The West man­aged to do the same, bring­ing a light comic touch to her per­for­mance while still be­ing spooky enough to sat­isfy the most diehard fans.

An­thony War­low gave a won­der­ful per­for­mance as both Pro­fes­sor Mar­vel and the Wiz­ard. Kind and benev­o­lent when first en­coun­ter­ing Dorothy on the road as Pro­fes­sor Mar­vel, he has her best in­ter­ests at heart and does his best to help the vul­ner­a­ble young girl. Then to his turn as the ter­ri­fy­ing Wiz­ard, de­mand­ing the im­pos­si­ble as a con­di­tion to ful­fill­ing the seek­ers’ wishes- all as a cover up for the fact that he is in fact noth­ing but a hum­bug, some­one who has no real power at all.

Eli Cooper as Scare­crow, Alex Rath­berger as Tin Man and John Xin­tavelo­nis as the Lion all gave su­perb per­for­mances, bring­ing all the com­edy and emo­tion that make this story a time­less clas­sic.

See­ing this peren­nial favourite live on­stage is fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment on a grand scale. The use of cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy in the form of pro­jec­tion screens breathes new life into the time­less story, en­sur­ing that there’s some­thing here for ev­ery­one. Won­der­ful per­for­mances, gor­geous cos­tumes and daz­zling back­drops com­bine to cre­ate a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

《綠野仙蹤》出自美國的一個童話系列故事,1900年在芝加哥問世,1939年米高梅公司根據這個故事所拍攝的同名電影更是風靡全球,使其成為了美國流行文化史上最為著名的故事之一。當今全新版的兒童魔幻舞臺劇就是根據這部經典音樂電影改編而成,自2011 年在倫敦誕生之後,開始全球公演,終於在 6年之後,來到期盼已久的澳洲觀眾身邊。


Bril­liant…a ten-star pro­duc­tion if ever there was one! -- The Sun­day Tele­graph

相信愛和勇氣,那個叫家的地方,一直都能給我們帶來溫暖的力量。 -- An­drew Lloyd Web­ber Pro­ducer of The Wiz­ard of OZ

Fans of the movie will not be dis­ap­pointed as the heart of the story re­mains the same- ev­ery­one un­der­stands the strug­gle to be more con­sid­er­ate (Tin Man’s lack of heart), more in­tel­li­gent (Scare­crow and his wish for a brain) and of course Lion’s need for more courage- who hasn’t wished for all of these things at one time or an­other? But it’s Dorothy’s jour­ney that we iden­tify with the most strongly - we all have what we need to make us happy right now, we just need to learn to ap­pre­ci­ate what is right there in front of us. This is some­thing we are never too young to learn- or too old to be re­minded of ev­ery now and then! 紅寶石鞋。為了尋求回家的路,多蘿茜陸續結識了三位小夥伴,稻草人、鐵皮人和獅子。他們為了實現各自的心願,一起結伴開展了一段奇妙的旅程。


該劇女主角多蘿茜的扮演者是澳洲著名的舞臺劇歌星 Sa­man­tha Dode­maide。

在電影特技和數字光影效果襯托下的全新魔幻色彩舞臺劇中,製作人 An­drew Lloyd Web­ber 除還原與尊重流傳了八十年的經典人物和情節外,還增添了當代觀眾喜歡的百老匯和現代風格,更致力於深度挖掘人物的內心世界並強化劇情的磁性張力,令整劇充滿搶眼的亮點和特色。

無論紅光閃閃的的 Oz 城,詭秘陰森的女巫城堡,綠光靈動的翡翠城,還是四個小夥伴走在絢麗多彩的彩虹路上,都力求為觀眾重新打造出一個新奇絢爛又不失童真的意境。尤其在音樂方面,《Fol­low the Yel­low Brick Road》、《some­where Over the Rain­bows》等經典曲目時刻迴響在舞臺上,還根據人物性格增 加了一些歌曲像女巫之歌《Bring Me the Broom­stick》和讓人一下子就會喜歡上的旋律《Red Shoes Blue》,全劇讓觀眾在懷舊的同時,又有更摩登清新的感受。


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